Canary Islands Hotels

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Canary Islands Hotel Reviews

There are hundreds of hotels on the Canary Islands, but they tend to fray rapidly under heavy use. With a few exceptions, noted in the individual reviews, it's best to stay in the newer facilities. Many hotels include either a full buffet breakfast or a meal plan of breakfast and lunch or dinner in the price of a room. Be sure to check what's included when comparing prices.

Through package tours, most vacationers pay reasonable prices for hotel rooms, but rates for independent travelers are often exorbitant and do not reflect the quality of accommodation. Budget-minded independent travelers should look into newly constructed apartment complexes: though simply furnished, these have reception desks, swimming pools, and often restaurants, and each unit has a kitchenette. Note that arriving in the Canary Islands without either a package or independent reservations can lead to a real hassle. Many of the islands' hotels are booked solid by package travelers most of the year, and some properties do no business whatsoever with indie travelers. Bottom line: finding a last-minute room can be extremely difficult. This is particularly true if you want budget lodging, as pensions and hostales are scarce; most are on La Gomera and in the other islands' larger cities, such as Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, and Arrecife.

Hotels fill up quickly and prices spike during Carnaval in late February. It's a good idea to make reservations at least a few months in advance, particularly if you plan on visiting the two Carnaval hot spots, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Tenerife's Gran Meliá Bahía del Duque has been voted Spain's best vacation hotel and is worth a trip in itself. The Canaries also have two of the most romantic paradors in the national chain, the colonial Parador Conde de La Gomera and the seafront Parador Nacional El Hierro, both unbeatable retreats.

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